Being who they are
Posted 25 December 2011 - 03:37 PM
Reason I say, is the last two lowered their heads for a scratch any time a person came close. But once they are shown they have a choice in the matter, the behavior changes. They don't want you near. They not only dont' really want a head scratch, they don't want to step up either, and back away hissing.
I am just letting my new guy be. If he doesn't want me near, then fine. I offer millet (they all know what that is) and if he wants to eat it from my hand he can, if not, well, maybe they'll get millet later. Maybe. That is the only way that I'm "pushing" him. Other than that, it's his choice.
Now, he can't fly and had one wing clipped. I clipped the other to match, hoping it would help him when and if he did try to fly since I don't think he was allowed to learn before being clipped, he's only around 4-5 months old. So if he really really really wants to go to another location, he will "beg" me to pick him up and willingly jump onto my hand to get to the next room or whatever.
I have a female that is almost two. They get along sort of, no fighting but not buddies either yet. We all spend a long time together in the house, the female thinks I'm her mate I believe. Their cage is pretty much in the middle of the activity in the house. Anyway he does want to be where all the action is, he just doesn't want to participate in it much. Which is understandable to me since he's only been her a few weeks.
All I really want to know here, is if I'm treating this guy right. I've only told you what I suspect based on my observations. I could be wrong. But I think letting him be who he is, is the best way. What do you think?
Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:29 AM
That might have been teenage rebellion since birds go through a contrary phase. Giving a bird free choice is always better than forcing them to cooperate, but it's also helpful to tilt the scales in your favor by rewarding them for interacting with you. Food bribery is very helpful - holding treats in your hand for them to eat (like millet spray) will help teach them that hands are good, and once they're comfortable with your hands you can use the treat as a reward for stepping up and doing other things together.
But once they are shown they have a choice in the matter, the behavior changes. They don't want you near.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:21 PM
That might have been teenage rebellion since birds go through a contrary phase.
I would agree except that I got an older, 5 year old bird from there that did the exact same thing, it just took longer for him to realize he didn't have to submit if he didn't want a scratch. I wish I could describe better. They duck the head as soon as you come near, and it began to look to me like more of a defensive move than anything else. If you want them to step up even, down goes the head. Unless they want to step up, then it's different. I wouldn't have realized this except the astonishing similarity in birds from the same source. I had begun to suspect with the older guy that this was a defense mechanism, but after recently getting this younger one I am now certain. My female didn't do that though. She never has been afraid of anyone. To a fault!
Thank you for your reply. I feel I'm on the right track then with the millet. I really don't want him to be a huggy kissy bird, just one that is comfortable with stepping up and being around people. My female is all the birdie velcro I'll ever need!
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